With the start of the 2014 election season still more than a month away, a number of people have announced their intentions to be candidates.
The official filing period for the March 6 primary elections opens Nov. 9 and continues through Dec. 9.
Hopkins County Clerk Debbie Shirley, the county’s elections administrator, said there are some things that have to happen before anyone can become a candidate for a particular office.
“While you are hearing of people already running for these offices, it is because of the requirement that if you declare publicly that you intend to run for a public office, you have to file for the appointment of a campaign treasurer. It has to be on file,” Shirley said. “It used to be that it would only have to be on file if you accept contributions or pay out, as expenditures, any money. But, if they intend, and their declaration is out loud and to the public, they have to have this form on file.”
The forms are available in the county clerk’s office or from Democratic Party Chairman Tommy Long or Republican Party Chairman Donnie Wisenbaker, and the forms must be filed with the respective party.
“The applications for a place on the ballot cannot be accepted until Nov. 9,” the county clerk said. “And the filing fee must be paid when the application is submitted.
“Even though this doesn’t start happening until Nov. 9, people are already filing their appointments of their campaign treasurer,” she continued. “We are getting several of them already.”
Elected offices who will be on the March primary ballots include county judge, county court-at-law judge, county commissioner Precinct 2, county commissioner Precinct 4, county clerk, district clerk, county treasurer, justice of the peace Precinct 1 and justice of the peace Precinct 2.
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